2018 Short Course Season Recap


     We continued our wonderful short course season with superb swimming at two meets over the past month. Twenty-four swimmers represented CMSA at the Southeastern Swimming (SES) Short Course Championships in Huntsville, held Feb. 23-25. Our athletes stepped up to the competition (over 900 athletes from 65 teams at SES) and swam their way to an 8th place team finish. Our girls team finished in 5thplace, while the boys raced to a 10th place finish. 

     In age group competition, our 11-12 girls outpaced the competition, winning the 11-12 Girls Age Group Team Championship. Congrats to Sallie HerndonIsabella LordHarper McLean and Lillian Ringold on their championship.  I’m sure these young ladies will tell you they could not have accomplished this feat without the support of their team mates, especially their fellow Junior groupers who push them to their best every day.

     CMSA swimmers and relays achieved 80% lifetime best times for the meet; which was the highest percentage of best times from all teams in the meet - the meet average was 63%. Also, our athletes ranked #1 overall in points scored per athlete.

     Drew Jordan (13) set the pace for the BigFish in individual event championships, winning the 100 and 200 butterfly, the 400 IM and the 1,650 freestyle events for 13-14 boys. On the girls’ side, Lucy O’Neill (14) won the 500 freestyle event for 13-14 girls. 

     Other event finalists were: Cole Coleman (10) (200 free, 500 free), Stephen Conrad (14) (100 back, 100 fly, 200 back, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM), Clarke Doyle (13) (1,650 free), Sallie Herndon (12) (100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM, 50 fly), William Jameson (14) (50 breast), Aden Kraft (14) (100 breast), Isabella Lord (12) (100 breast, 100 fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, 50 breast, 50 fly), Jacks Mitchell (15) (100 back, 200 back), Kaelyn Mitchell (10) (100 back, 50 back), Lillian Ringold (12) (100 back, 100 free, 200 free, 50 free, 500 free), Olivia Smith (17)  (100 back, 200 back, 200 fly, 200 IM), and Mary Katherine Stewart (18) (100 back, 200 back, 200 free, 500 free).

    Swimmers posting new USA Swimming motivational times included: Maggie Dolan (AAA), Harper McLean (A), Noah Prevost (AAA), Emily Smith (AA), Harry Waltsgott (AAA) and Fincher Webb (BB).

     We had a number of swimmers who competed and set new life-best times at the Southeastern Swimming Region IV championships held March 2-4 at the University of West Florida aquatic center. This was the season-ending meet for many BigFish, and boy they finished strong. We finished with a meet best 73% best times among all swimmers at Regions, outpacing the meet average of 60%.

     The CMSA 8 & Under swimmers powered past the competition, winning both the girls’ and boys’ team championships. For the young ladies, Peyton Williams (72 points) was named High Point Champion and Riley Childress (57 points) was the High Point Runner-Up. These two combined to win 9 events over the weekend.  For the young men, Hayden Fincher (72 points) was the High Point Champion winning 8 events. Teammate Ryan McGaughan was third overall. 

     CMSA had nine swimmers win a total of 33 individual events at the meet, including: Stephen ConradAiden LilleyJacks MitchellCharleston WebbRiley ChildressConnor CochranAbby Lane EveretteHayden Fincher and Peyton Williams.

     Twenty-five swimmers had 100% improved times over their seed, including: Cece YorkPeyton WilliamsCharleston WebbAiden TranEli TranMarissa SmithLogan ShawDylan Santa-CruzLeah PrattBrook PowellCasten PadgettJack OverstreetParker OverstreetMary Evan NelsonJacks MitchellJack McGaughanFisher JamesonMarisol HoffmanAramis HoffmanHayden FincherMallory DuncanStephen ConradLuke BobingerAddison Bell and Chip Andrews.

   Two swims that had the largest drops of the meet were Parker Overstreet, dropping 26.9 seconds in his 100 IM and Lizzie Stewart dropping 26.8 in her 500 freestyle. Way to go BigFish!

     Congratulations to these swimmers who posted new motivational times at the Region meet:

  • B: Millie AndrewsAmeera EdwardsSophia Galvan-GuerreroEmily GillisAramis HoffmanConnor OverstreetLogan ShawDylan Strickland and AJ Thompson
  • BB: Chip AndrewsLuke BobingerAnna Wit CookeSims DruhanMallory DuncanFisher JamesonAiden LilleySanden NelsonMary Evan NelsonHannah NguyenLevi ShawLizzie Stewart and Fincher Webb
  • A: Jackson CraftAdam DekleCampbell LaddRyan LeDouxChloe LeeHarper McLeanCheyenne PrevostSam Scott and Caitlyn Smith
  • AA: Ignacio SalasDylan Santa-CruzHarry WaltsgottCharleston WebbGarrett Yarborough and Cece York
  • AAA: Calvin BylinowskiJacks Mitchell and Noah Prevost
  • AAAA: Stephen Conrad